The Woman Who Made Saudi Arabia's First Oscar Entry
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Haiffa Al-Mansour is the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabi and she's made the first film entirely shot in Saudi Arabia -- a country that's banned movie theaters and segregates women from men. Now her movie Wadjda is the official Saudi Arabian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Banner image: Waad Mohammed as Wadjda. Photo: Tobias Kownatzki © Razor Film, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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Haiffa Al-Mansour ()
Haiffa Al-Mansour is a Saudi Arabian female filmmaker -- a surprising feat in a country that has banned movie theaters and has restrictive views of women. Al-Mansour's Wadjda is not only the first film to be entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, it's become that country's first entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Al-Mansour talks about her unlikely story of becoming a filmmaker and making Wadjda.
Photo by Tobias Kownatzki © Razor Film
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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